Minnesota ranks 3rd in the country for waste management | Minnesota


(The Center Square) – Minnesota takes bronze in national competition for best waste management, according to a LawnStarter ranking published on Tuesday.

The Outdoor Services website 2022 report on the best states for waste management compared each state, as well as the District of Columbia, on the basis of waste reduction policies and infrastructure and weighed these factors. against indicators of the results of these policies, such as the amount of waste that has been landfilled or reused.

The North Star State ranked fourth in policies and 11e in the facilities and waste categories, while its neighbor Iowa has had success in facilities (8e) and waste (7e). He was 12e best in recycling. Overall, Iowa was seventh and Wisconsin was eighth.

While Minnesota and Iowa have mandatory recycling laws, plastic bag bans, and yard debris bans, only Minnesota has an e-waste recycling program. Minnesota, however, does not have beverage container deposit laws like Iowa does. Minnesota received partial credit for the plastic bag bans.

LawnStarter’s communications manager Patricia David told The Center Square in an emailed statement Wednesday that states that scored 1 point for enacted plastic ban legislation, as the Iowa and Minnesota have preemption over local government action.

Minnesota has more recycling facilities (0.22) and fewer large waste facilities (2.42) per 100,000 population compared to Iowa (0.13, 5.04 respectively). Minnesota has 35 municipal solid waste landfills, while Iowa has 48. North Star State has 2,282.68 tonnes per state, while Iowa has 2,408.68 tonnes of waste per state.

Minnesota has a slightly lower recycling rate for common containers and packaging materials (60% vs. 62%) compared to Iowa. Minnesota recycles 45.29% of its production-related waste and manages 0.43% for energy recovery. Iowa, for its part, recycles 62.16% of its production-related waste and manages 2.46% for energy recovery.

Minnesota has 24 hazardous waste sites and 18 hazardous waste recyclers while Iowa has 11 hazardous waste sites and eight hazardous waste recyclers. Minnesota recycles nearly 60 times more tons of hazardous waste than Iowa (36,311 tons versus 630 tons). Toxic chemical releases per square mile in Iowa are almost triple that in Minnesota (712.75 vs. 257.99). from minnesota Environmental risk screening indicators The (RSEI) score in 2019 (2,462,228) was lower than that of Iowa (3,213,414).

Minnesota has more clothing donation sites (100) – and more auto dumps (201) than Iowa (65 and 132 respectively). State classified 33e in LawnStarter’s state-by-state report on food waste management.

University of San Francisco assistant professor Brad Drda said in the report that composting and considering waste generation is essential for residents seeking to limit waste. He advised avoiding buying packaged items, especially plastic and plastic bags.

“Take responsibility for your own waste,” he said. “Look in your trash can and let it guide you in your efforts. Probably the heaviest part for most people is food waste like coffee grounds and banana peels. Food waste sent to landfills turns into methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. “

Alaska came last, followed by Nevada and Montana, despite ranking sixth in best facilities and above average (19th) for waste.

New England states Connecticut and Vermont ranked first and second, respectively, while Maine took sixth, despite a poor ranking for hazardous and production-related waste recycling.

The Minnesota pollution control agency said on its website that its combined recycling rate in 2019 (43.5%) was a decrease of 3.6% from 2018, which it believes likely stems from challenges with depressed recycling reports and markets. There was a 17.8% statewide decrease in waste-to-energy (WTE) waste, and the Great River Energy WTE facility closed in January 2019, reducing WTE to 420,000 tonnes per year, he said.

The agency announced it in October it has made available around $ 1 million in grants of up to $ 250,000 per project for local governments helping to improve recycling and composting. Applications must be submitted on January 11, 2022.


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